SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose police are looking for a man who they said tried to sexually assault a woman in a grocery store restroom last month, and then forced his way into the home of a 13-year-old girl this week.
On Tuesday, police said the suspect, described as a white man about 30 years old with a medium height, a thin build and a beard, is believed to have followed the 13-year-old girl as she walked home from school. Police responded to the girl’s home in the 4000 block of Rio Vista Avenue and she told investigators the suspect had forced his way through the front door.
“When she opens up the door, he pushes her inside and attempts to sexually assault her. She [being] a brave little girl fights back and the guy takes off,” said San Jose Police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia.
Police said he is believed to be the same man involved in an attempted sexual assault in a Japanese grocery store in early April.
“He followed a 28-year-old woman into a public restroom and attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to fight him off and he took off and we haven’t been able to identify him,” Garcia said.
That incident occurred at Mitsuwa Marketplace at 675 Saratoga Avenue on April 2. Garcia said they fear the suspect might strike again, so they are asking for the public’s help in identifying him and bringing him into custody.
Anyone with information about him has been asked to call San Jose police Detective Brandon Scholten at (408) 277-4102. Anonymous tips can be left at the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-7867.
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